Free PDF E-book version of Achieving Impossible Things with Free Culture and Commons-Based Enterprise, by Free Software Magazine columnist Terry Hancock.
290 pages with 94 illustrations
Available in paperback or hardback from Free Software Magazine Press. Additional information at: http://fsmsh.com/2770
From the cover:
How did they do that?
Six “impossible things”: GNU/Linux, Wikipedia, the Creative Commons, the Blender Foundation, Open Hardware, and the OLPC/Sugar project. All created under free licenses for everyone to use, in defiance of our conventional ideas of business economics. Is it magic, coincidence, or just plain common sense at work here?
The author explores the reality of these projects from an insider’s perspective and picks out a set of five easy to follow rules for keeping your own projects in tune with the rules of free culture and on the track to success.
Includes the entirety of the “Impossible Things” and “Rules of the Game” article series written for Free Software Magazine, as well as five bonus articles on improving commons-based processes.
Copyright (C) 2009 Terry Hancock
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May 1, 2011 Subject:
A good introduction to modern commons-based project work
Nice read. Hancock keeps the material accessible, even introductory, but a few uncommonly covered topics are covered in an insightful, thought provoking way. Such as: involving women in software projects and the importance of joy in the workplace.